BIO327 Wildlife Ecology and Management (16)

In a world of increasing human impact, effective wildlife management is crucial for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. In this subject, students build on their existing ecological knowledge to learn ecological principles specifically relating to wildlife and how these principles underpin wildlife management strategies. A strong emphasis is placed on factors such as competition and predation in a management context. The population dynamics of wildlife, sustainable harvesting and survey techniques are discussed in detail and learnt through a field trip. Students completing this subject have the ability to develop wildlife management strategies for the control, sustainable use, or recovery of species and can apply adaptive management principles to wildlife management problems.

Subject availability
* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Online *
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
HD/FL
Duration
One session
School
School of Environmental Sciences
Enrolment restrictions

Students may not enrol in this subject if they have completed either or both BIO261 and/or BIO361.

Assumed Knowledge

BIO112

Incompatable Subjects
BIO261 BIO361
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have an in-depth understanding of the key concepts and principles of wildlife ecology and management
  • have a critical understanding of the factors influencing wildlife distribution and abundance
  • have a critical understanding of wildlife population dynamics and modelling
  • have a critical understanding of the theoretical aspects of threatened species management, wildlife control, and sustainable use of wildlife
  • have specialised skills in the design and implementation of wildlife surveys
  • be able to apply appropriate scientific methods to the study of wildlife ecology and management
  • be able to exercise critical thinking and sound judgement to develop wildlife management strategies for the control, sustainable use, or recovery of species
  • be able to apply adaptive management principles to wildlife management problems
Syllabus
The subject will cover the following topics:
  • 1. Definitions and principles of wildlife ecology and management
  • 2. The scientific methods that underpin the study of wildlife, including appropriate experimental design and interpretation of results
  • 3. Evolution and taxonomy of Australian wildlife
  • 4. Important ecological principles for understanding wildlife populations, foraging, competition, predation, behaviour and dispersal
  • 5. Population dynamics, including metapopulations, modelling, extinction processes and sustained yields
  • 6. Wildlife harvesting and control, including pest management, biological control and sustainable use of wildlife
  • 7. Theoretical and practical application of various wildlife survey techniques
  • 8. Habitat management
  • 9. Managing threatened species, including captive breeding, translocation and reintroduction principles
  • 10. Adaptive management and whole ecosystem management
Residential School
This subject contains a 5 day Compulsory Residential School.

Students completing this subject have specialised skills in the design and implementation of wildlife surveys
and are able to apply appropriate scientific methods to the study of wildlife ecology and management. The focus of the residential school is to teach students the practical experience in various wildlife survey techniques and the application of scientific principles to wildlife ecology and management. The activities undertaken revolve around the trapping and recording of various fauna groups in a local conservation reserve.

Contact
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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